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GameStop Used Game Lawsuit

A lawsuit has been filed in the Northern District of California against GameStop, citing deceptive practices relating to used game sales. IGN has details on the suit, which stems from a customer buying a used copy of Dragon Age: Origins with the belief that additional DLC was available for free based on the cover blurb. Of course this DLC is part of the new trend intended to impede used-game sales, which the customer learned when they tried to get the DLC, which set them back an additional $15.00, making their final purchase price for the used game $10.00 more than the cost of a brand-new copy (that sound you hear is EA execs exchanging high-fives). IGN has a copy of the complaint in Adobe Acrobat-format, and an article on this on Gamasutra offers thoughts from an analyst saying that GameStop will probably be able to remedy this problem by affixing stickers to used games clarifying DLC availability.

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103. Re: GameStop Used Game Lawsuit Mar 27, 2010, 23:42 Jerykk
Anecdotally speaking, I buy used and new games. It depends on the game, price and perceived value.

I'm guessing that you only buy new games when you're fairly certain you'll enjoy it? Or when there are no used copies immediately available? While I understand that not all games have the same value, what you should do in those cases is wait until the price drops to an acceptable range. At least then the developers will see some profit. When you buy used, they see nothing. You might as well not buy it at all.

This case-by-case stuff is besides the point; I'm talking about in aggregate here.

Like I said, the case by case stuff is the only thing that matters. If you enjoy a game, you should the reward the developer who made that game. Buying a used copy does not reward that developer. Using the money earned from selling that game to buy a new copy of a different game does not reward the developer of the game you bought used and then sold.

Your logic basically states that screwing one person is okay as long as you reward another. It's like if I set my neighbor's house on fire but donated some money to my favorite charity. My neighbor shouldn't be angry, right?

(Some) used game sales help finance new sales. This is not up for debate.

I'm not sure how that helps your argument. If you're looking solely at the aggregate effect of used sales, the used sale cancels out the new sale because it requires that someone buy a used copy.
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